Pacquiao vs Bradley II undercard: Allakhverdiev-Vargas, Beltran-Martinez, Vasquez-Felix set for HBO PPV

Kevork Djansezian

The HBO pay-per-view undercard for the April 12 rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley is set, with Khabib Allakhverdiev facing Jessie Vargas in the featured prelim fight.

Top Rank has finalized the HBO pay-per-view undercard for the April 12 rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, with one sorta-world title fight, an interim world title fight, and a lightweight showdown between a pair of veterans with a habit of putting on good fights.

In the featured undercard bout, Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0, 9 KO) will defend the WBA "regular" junior welterweight title against Jessie Vargas (23-0, 9 KO). Allakhverdiev, 31, won the then-vacant title against Joan Guzman in 2012, then signed with Top Rank and made one defense against Souleymane M'baye in Monaco. This will actually be Allakhverdiev's first fight on a Top Rank-promoted card as a Top Rank fighter.

Vargas, 24, is a former Mayweather Promotions prospect who jumped ship to Top Rank in 2012. His career has been steady at the same level since a 2011 win over Josesito Lopez. This will be his first shot at a world title -- whatever you think of the world title -- and he'll be looking to live up to some hype that has stagnated somewhat over the last year or so.

Former two-time super featherweight titlist Rocky Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KO) will move up to lightweight to face Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KO) in the night's second PPV fight. Beltran, 32, hasn't fought since a highly controversial draw in the UK against lightweight titlist Ricky Burns last September, a fight most observers felt he'd obviously won. Martinez, 30, is coming off of a KO-8 loss to Mikey Garcia in November.

In the PPV opener, interim WBA super featherweight titleholder Bryan Vasquez (32-1, 17 KO) will face prospect Jose Felix Jr (26-0-1, 21 KO). The 21-year-old Felix has been impressive thus far as a pro, while Vasquez, 26, is probably best-known for a 2012 loss in Japan to Takashi Uchiyama.

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